NSW Government releases spatially-led digital agenda

The path to government digitalisation is spatially led in NSW.

The Australian state of New South Wales yesterday revealed its new Digital Strategy, and it features a host of new spatial innovations.

Victor Dominello, the NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property released the strategy in Sydney ahead of the annual CeBIT technology show. Among many new features are a number of spatially-enabled real time services that integrate data feeds from across different agencies.

Minister Dominello identified four key enablers of the Digital Strategy: Technology, Cyber Security, Legislation and Regulation and Delivery Capability. He also detailed four spatially-led examples of new digital services to be released by the state government.

The NSW Trends service will be a ‘one-stop shop’ for real-time public data, including crime data, power meters and hospital wait times.

NSW Live will let anyone access trends in a real-time data feed to discover “exactly what is going on across NSW on a map in real-time.” The public will also be encouraged to contribute data to the platform, Dominello said.

He described the new dMarketplace as the “TripAdvisor for data”. dMarketplace will be an interactive marketplace for data sharing, including a rating scheme for data sources.

A new NSW Pulse website will also see how services are being delivered in real time. It will also plot incidents that have occurred in the last 72 hrs, such as emergency services and traffic incidents. These data sources will be plotted on a real-time “pulse” map suited for rapid response.

Minister Dominello demonstrates the new NSW Pulse service for real-time mapping.

Dominello indicated that all of these services will be offered up as open government data.

More information on these new service along with full Digital Strategy are available from digital.NSW. Dominello referenced these new services and the popular Fuel Check app, as proof that the NSW Government is the leading state for innovation.

Dominello’s colleague, Matt Kean MP, the NSW Minister for Innovation echoed Dominello’s claim that the state government was a national leader in innovation.

“People often say government involvement stifles innovation, but nothing could be further from the truth in NSW,” he said.

“Our state has the largest technology sector and highest number of technology start-ups in Australia.”

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  • Craig Roberts

    Dominello’s colleague, Matt Kean MP, the NSW Minister for Innovation echoed Dominello’s claim that the state government was a national leader in innovation.
    “People often say government involvement stifles innovation, but nothing could be further from the truth in NSW,” he said.

    That’s the opposite to what was said about the NSW world leading title system which just got privatised. The argument was that private could do a better job, but there was no explanation of how. Now we have lost our titling system and many of the experienced staff who understand its heritage and idiosyncrasies as well.

    I wish politicians would be consistent and listen to experts.

  • KC Bell

    Well put Craig.

    Now it’s July it is all just water under the bridge – but so opaque. What is expected to happen in Victoria now?

    Let’s continue the discussion that Craig has re-opened and Spatial Source editor
    1. NSW government unveiled a new fee structure seeking to lift the earning power of the land registry ahead of the sale/lease. Victoria, may follow the same path as reported in The Australian, May 4, 2017. I guess government want to maximize sales Anthony Wallace has so well put previously.

    2. Former Premier Baird falsely described the privatization of the Ontario Land Registry to Teranet as being a major success and of great benefit to the public. Perhaps that was ninemsn double-speak, digital disruption or spatial spin.

    3. Ordinarily, the primary valid justifications for privatization could include:
    · If govt finance is not available to operate, upgrade and sustain;
    · Expertise and competence lacking in government;
    · Sub-standard service culture within government; and perhaps
    . governance.

    Anyway that is what would seem to be the key considerations in the 20+countries where I have worked with international development finance. But, I guess NSW now adds funding a sports stadium as a valid justification. Vic will probably add funding spending promises before facing the 2019 state elections as a valid justification.

    4. Ontario has seen up to 350% increase in registry fees in 2014. In Ontario the Electronic Land Registration Services Act, 2010 (ELRSA) received Royal Assent from the Lieutenant Governor May 18, 2010. The law created the position of Electronic Land Registration Services Commissioner to oversee and regulate the financial and operating relationship among the government, Teranet and third party service providers. The commissioner s records are exempt from public scrutiny under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

    Let’s see what happens in NSW. Watch out Victoria! So what is the future for NSW in fee setting? The truth has been lacking. What will it be in Vic?

    5. Ontario ranks as having one of the most corrupt provincial public services according to Transparency International. It is certainly not transparent.

    6. Just recently we see that NSW’s Treasury Secretary recently stepped down, a few months after the titles office sale. What will DFSI Secretary Martin Hoffman push for further privatization of parts of the digital agenda?

    Craig commented “I wish politicians would be consistent and listen to experts.”
    Actually it seems they are listening to expert spin doctors and the facts be damned.


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